Nielsen/Brahms: Danish NSO/Luisi ****
Royal Albert Hall, 20th August 2015
“Denmark is not all Lego and pastries!” quipped Nikolaj Znaider to the Albert Hall audience. Indeed not. It is the land of Carl Nielsen, whose 150th birthday was celebrated in a packed Prom given by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra that included overture, symphony and choral works. Brahms was the interloper at the party here, but his Violin Concerto was given an aristocratic performance by the Danish-Israeli Znaider, as princely as Hamlet. Great Danes all, but presiding over everything was an Italian – Fabio Luisi, the orchestra’s Principal Conductor Designate, who took to Nielsen like a mermaid to Copenhagen’s waters.
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